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Full text of "Annual Evaluation Report Fiscal Year 1984"

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C.  Costs, Benefits and Effectiveness (Continued)

b. A project at the University of Oregon has developed an instrument
to assess various areas of handicapped infants and preschool
children's development. The results can then be used to plan
educational programs for individual children, to provide informa-
tion about the progress of individual children and to indicate
overall program effectiveness. (E.lb)

2.  Examples of research findings include:

a.  Several research projects have provided new information about
teaching communication skills to autistic and other non-vocal
handicapped children. In a study conducted at Purdue University,
for example, findings were reported on the relative effectiveness
of three non-speech communication systems in teaching non-vocal
mentally retarded students to communicate. (E.2a)

b.  A major project at the University of Minnesota examined many issues
on the delivery of residential living and habilitative services to
severely and profoundly handicapped children and youth. Findings
about alternative, less restrictive arrangments for providing ser-
vices to severely handicapped students were described in a project
report. (E.2b)

c.  The High/Scope Education Research Foundation has completed a study
of the effects of preschool education. Following children from their
preschool years into their adolescent years, the study found that
those exposed to a preschool program perform at higher levels than
those who had no preschool program. Using a variety of measures,
the study has shown that intervention during the preschool years
provides lasting, beneficial outcomes. (E.2c)

3.  Research training:  Since 1975 more than 300 graduate students in
colleges and universities have received support through the student
research program. In addition, at least half of all other supported
research projects employ graduate students as research assistants,
thus affording the students an opportunity to gain research experience
on large scale research projects. Finally, as part of their work,
the two minority research institutes are providing graduate students
with research training as well as opportunities for participation in
programmatic research activities. (E.3)

Program Effect1veness: No information is available.

D.  Plans for Program Improvement and Recommendations for Legislation
None.

E.  Supporting Studies and Analyses Cited in Section C Above

la. Final ReportóG008001876 (Indiana University)
Ib. Final ReportóG008300033 (University of Oregon)
2a. Final Reportó6008100027 (Purdue University) Disturbed                                 .71                                                   320,599